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Subject: Driving record
  Me again, I have another question to ask regarding getting a Canadian DL in exchange from a US one:

How NECESSARY/IMPORTANT it is to show US driving records to get a Canadian DL ?

I am asking this because I found out today that it cost $30 dollars PER STATE to get driving records and I have been driving in three different US states and someone in this forum said you need to have 2 years of experience to get the "best license" in Canada so I don´t know how to prove that unless I showed my various record since I am in my current state for one year only.

I am not sure I am ready to pay $90 for some piece of paper that will be overlooked or ignored.

What would you recommend ? Is it worth to pay for that ?
Thanks for advice.

[08-10-2007,17:34]
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CBV333
(in reply to: Driving record)
CBV,
Based on my experience, it´s important. In Ontario, you must provide driving abstract (history) to both the province´s DMV andf your insurance company in order to get the lowest insurance rates.

The provincial DMV will normally exchange your U.S. license with a good abstract history for a class G licence (best) without any additional written or road tests. If you don´t provide the abstact(s), you´ll propbably get a lower licence, take the written and road tests, and pay higher insurance.

However, be advised that most U.S. states have reciprocal agreements with Canadian provinces where driving history is shared electronically. My state (Illinois) does not participate, so I had to pay for a printed abstract and personally deliver it to Ontario DMV to get my G licence. So check your province´s DMV website to see if they participate.

[08-10-2007,17:45]
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Richard
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Thanks Richard.

That was a useful piece of information.

[08-10-2007,17:49]
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CBV333
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CBV,

You must have to take the driving records to establish your min´m 2 years experience. Otherwise in ON you´ll get G-2, meaning some restrictions...higher insurance...eventually have to take a road test to get full G.

I told you earlier that driving records are not all the same. It has several formats and pricing also varies with the formats. Your issue is just when it was issued. Nothing more. So, try to find in that way.

Like, I got my record from TX for free (now it looks like $4.50), from WY only $5.

I live in FL now, here it is from $2.10 to $3.10. May be incidentally all of your states are expensive!

[08-10-2007,17:50]
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Departed_Canadian
(in reply to: Driving record)
D_C,

My state is GA and before I was in VA. My understanding is that I need to show records for both states at least to cover 2 years.

I checked the DMV website then they say you can get it through some services and it is $30 ... how did you get yours for so less ?

Sounds interesting. Thanks for your post.

[08-10-2007,18:03]
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CBV333
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CBV,

AT LEAST IN GA it is $ 7 to $8; 3/7 years record.
http://www.dds.ga.gov/drivers/DLdata.aspx?con=1740840381&ty=dl
In person
A Georgia Driving History Report (MVR) can be purchased in person at any Customer Service Center. Proper identification will be required. If obtaining a motor vehicle record other than your own, the following is required:

A notarized authorization form from the licensee naming the person authorized to receive record.
The full name, date of birth and Georgia driver´s license number of the licensee.
The person receiving the report for another individual must also show proper identification.
The cost is as follows: 3 year record is $6.00; 7 year record is $8.00.





This is from FL DMV: (http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/ddl/dlfaqans.html#2)
Cost for records are:
$2.10 3-year
$3.10 7-year or complete
$3.10 3 year, 7year or complete CERTIFIED COPY

From TX DPS:
How much will the online driver records cost?


Type 1 (Status Record): name, date of birth (DOB), license status, and latest address. $4.50
Type 2 (3-year Driving History): name, DOB, license status, list of accidents and violations in record within past 3-year period. $6.50
Type 3 (Complete Driving History): name, DOB, license status, list of all accidents and violations in record. $7.50
Type 2A (Certified 3-year Driving History): certified version of Type 2. This record is not acceptable for Defensive Driving Course (DDC). $12.00
Type 3A (Certified Complete Driving History): certified version of Type 3. This record is acceptable for Defensive Driving Course (DDC). $12.00
Type AOR (Abstract Driver Record): Certified abstract of complete driving record of a license holder. $22.00

SO BROWSE CAREFULLY.


[08-10-2007,18:16]
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Departed_Canadian
(in reply to: Driving record)
Departed_Canadian,

THANK YOU!!

It is so good to have smart people on this forum. I am glad I asked this here.

My guess is that I must have been directed to some advertisement that charge more! THANKS AGAIN!

[08-10-2007,18:19]
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CBV333
(in reply to: Driving record)
In Virginia it is $8.
http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/citizen/fees.asp


[08-10-2007,18:20]
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Departed_Canadian
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Relax. The moment you mentioned $30 I got suspiscious. In US, public service fees are all very low in general.
[08-10-2007,18:22]
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Departed_Canadian
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That´s great. But why are you guys going to all the trouble of ordering state records? As I mentioned, most provinces can get your history from the states you were licensed in through the shared database, at no charge or effort by you.

Only a few states are exceptions. That´s why I had to get a hardcopy record from Illinois, which doesn´t participate in the shared database.

[08-10-2007,18:59]
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Richard
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Good to know Richard, didn´t know that before.

BUT, this method may have llittle disadvantage. It may take some time (or Instant?) to verify, but when you present your record by yourself you´ll get the G license instantly.

As fas as I know, Canadian Insurance Co.s can´t pull US records. So for that eventually you have to get the Us records by yourself.

[08-10-2007,19:04]
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Departed_Canadian